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UPDATESWhat we've been doing
- Counting Hikers on the Fourteeners
– December 12, 2014
This year, CFI placed five Trafx infrared trail traffic counters on trails with access to seven Fourteeners: Castle, Quandary, Redcloud, Grays, Torreys, Handies, Sunshine. … Read More
- Recapping Another Year of Work on Holy Cross
– November 24, 2014
The iconic “cross” that is etched on its face made Mount of the Holy Cross a historic mountain. Although the cross is not as prominent … Read More
- Damage Control on Bierstadt
– November 14, 2014
If you have ever decided to hike Mount Bierstadt on a summer weekend, you’ve seen it: hundreds of eager hikers marching up the trail in … Read More
- Successes and Lessons Learned on El Diente
– November 5, 2014
Our work on El Diente this year was a big undertaking for CFI. The project was led by two of our most talented and experienced … Read More
Lloyd Athearn, Executive Director
Lloyd joined CFI in 2009 following three years serving as deputy director of the Colorado Conservation Trust, where he oversaw the organizations development, communications, finance and administration functions. Prior to that he spent 10 years as deputy director of the American Alpine Club managing media relations, public policy, publishing, development and membership marketing. His mountain conservation work has been recognized by the National Park Service and the American Alpine Club. Lloyd brings extensive experience collaborating with land managers across the country to protect alpine terrain and preserve the wilderness climbing experience. He has a bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science from the University of Oregon and has taken graduate coursework in Wilderness Management from the University of Montana.
Jerry Mack, Controller
Jerry joined CFI in 2009 after 11 years as the controller and network administrator of the American Alpine Club. Prior to that, he spent 16 years in public finance in Denver. As a native Coloradan, Jerry grew up hiking and camping in the Rockies and by the mid-90’s had hiked all of the Fourteeners. An avid climber, he has summited peaks all over the world including Alaska, Canada, South America, Europe and Nepal. Jerry received his bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Colorado and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Ben Hanus, Interim Field Programs Manager/Sustainable Trails Coordinator
Ben joined CFI’s permanent staff in 2012, having worked with the program in a seasonal capacity since 2009. He worked two seasons on the Chicago Basin trail delineation project, then collected detailed GPS-based data on Fourteener trails during the 2011 field season. Ben will oversee all of CFI’s volunteer and crew-based field projects, as well as continue advancing the collection, analysis and reporting of GPS-based trail conditions data on the Fourteener trail network. Ben holds a bachelor’s of Landscape Architecture from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. His background and field experience include high alpine trail design, construction, and restoration, crew leadership, GIS mapping and data collection, and spatial analysis.
Morgan Childs, Development and Programs Coordinator
Morgan joined CFI in 2014 as a summer CLIMB intern, and transitioned into a permanent staff position immediately following her internship in August. Morgan divides her time at CFI between public outreach and communications, donor relations, and a developing a new project that will identify trends in trail usage among the 14ers. Before working for CFI, Morgan pursued her passion for the environment and the outdoors by working on several ecological research projects, interning at Catamount Trail Association, and exploring the mountains of the Northeast. Morgan holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Middlebury College and has a background in field research, environmental conservation, GIS and data analysis.
2014 Seasonal Staff
CFI’s 2014 seasonal field staff, from left to right: Top row: Tom Cronin, Miriam Venman-Clay, Chris Houde, Robert Duddy, Patricia Franco, Eric Haggstrom. Bottom: Christina Cultrara, Eli Allan, Rebecca Egan, Dana Young, Dylan Barbash